I need a word of encouragement. I’m working on my fourth reborn … and well it was going well… until it wasn’t. I’m frustrated. I worked too long and too hard at one sitting. I finally had to walk away because as you know— sometimes you can fix it and sometimes you just make it worse.
So tomorrow my plan is to strip the head and start all over again on that part.
Anybody else ever have these kinds of set backs when you first started?
Thanks for listening.
Don’t give up! Take a break and go back with fresh eyes in the morning. I get frustrated when my dolls aren’t turning out the way I want them to, and then I can’t problem solve. It always helps me to step away and come back later.
I think most of us have had those moments at one time or another. At least it wasn’t melted into a puddle and can be redone. Do you have a picture? Sometimes we’re our own worst critics.
Happens all the time! I get excited I get to paint it again. Unless I don’t like the kit lol
I go through that all the time… I’ve made many reborns… plus double for stripping and starting all over. It’s not how we envisioned the kit before we painted it, so its hard to accept it being different.
Just set it aside for a few days then check it in different lighting etc .
Take it as a hobby and not work … you don’t have to sit there for long .
I usually paint a bit then while drying , cooling I do other things . Go back in 10 min sometimes after an hour . I don’t have time ot don’t feel it then I read a book and get back to it in two days when I do really miss doing it
Omg yes even now after years of painting. I painted Nevaeh and am currently working on Eloise and they both went off the deep end and I had to try and salvage them. They won’t be my best paint jobs ever but I’m finishing them. It put me into a slump where I didn’t want to paint. I’m just getting back to it now. I’ll finish Eloise and hope my regular painting returns. It can happen to anyone not just beginners.
I still have these problems 3 years later and I still strip kits. I sometimes overpaint or they just dont come out how I wanted them to. Its a learning process and even after you have been successful you can still screw up
It happens. I think I was about 20 babies in before I hit my stride
Yep, I’m new to this too and my third was a Moby kit, I hated the way I painted the head so stripped it and started again, still hated it so stripped a second time, this time the red pigment in the paint turned the face bright orange and nothing would budge it so I gave up and moby is now my practise kit, I felt like giving up but I didn’t and my painting improved from that experience because I learnt a lot of what not to do, I work a lot slower now and take lots of breaks because sometimes walking away from painting and coming back half an hour later you can see what it needs better than sitting there staring at it for too long, don’t give up, even bad work is learning x
I never stripped a baby, I just walked away, had a snack, worked on another baby and came back to it fresh.
I would rather toss a baby than strip one.
Emmy the toddler.
Holy that was a baby I could not get right. Tossed her after I rooted her whole gigantic head.
Just keep telling yourself that when it gets difficult and you feel stuck that it’s a learning moment and working through it will make you a better artists, without those moments we don’t grow.
Let that baby be what it wants to be, don’t be afraid to turn it into a fairy, or create some darker skin tones, play with color, experiment. You might be totally surprised.
I got so aggravated with a head once that I opened my patio door, walked over to the fence, wound up my pitching arm and threw it in the lake. Poor Gracie. She swims with the fishies now. I have a tiny bit of anxiety sometimes when my husband goes out to fish…what if he catches her head?! But the freedom I felt watching that head hit the water I will never forget, so worth it.
I don’t strip. Ever. Usually color correcting takes care of it…if not, I move on to a new kit. I’d rather do anything than strip.
We’ve all had our moments; you’re not alone
Yes!! I had that same feeling with my summer rain. So for 2yrs now I’ve pulled her out, worked on her thinking ok I feel good about her today. Then, bam! I hate her again cause she frustrates me. I put her away again. I just decided to leave her alone and start on another kit Which is actually Is going well. Do it’s better to take a break. Hang in there, it’s s normal feeling and we’ve all been there!!
I ended up stripping a kit three times because I’m a perfectionist But I just kept some extra limbs from a failed kit as practice limbs now
I am new too. I have done this many times Keep Calm And Carry On is my self talk. Don’t give up.
I stripped my second. Was so proud of my first that I just dove in overly confident with the second and it was a disaster. I had to really learn how to build up thin layers. and if I want the lips a certain color, for example, it might take 15 layers to get there. You aren’t going to get it in 2 goes. you’ll figure it out!! Good luck.
But why not strip one if you’re unhappy with the paint? It’s very easy from what I understand. Then the kit could still be used.
This happens to everyone, even experienced artists. It’s just part of the reborning challenge.
I’ve tossed a cheap store Berenguer, gave away two Boo Boo babies to younger collectors minus the stuffing, and used one baby, that I cut the face of accidentlly, as a test subject. It happens.